The boys have a guest on the show for this episode. Jason Inman, one of the hosts of DC All Access! Jason has had a pretty awesome career as a YouTuber and Justin, Kyle, and Tom ask him all about it from beginning to current including a fancast session and talks about his new comic book! Hope you enjoy episode 85 of Shanlian on Batman!
For a while, it looked like Matt Reeves just might not direct our next Batman film. News spread like wildfire that he had backed down and wouldn’t take the project, despite reaching “final talks” just weeks before. Per Birth. Movies. Death. Matt Reeves had “finally seen Batman v Superman and run away while he still could.”
Interestingly enough, Reeves signed on about a week and a half later to direct The Batman. Perhaps he had seen Batman v Superman and decided to add his name to the incredibly talented DC Universe. But what kept him from signing on in the first place? Money is an unlikely answer; Warner Bothers knows how much they have to shovel out for Batman films. The most obvious issue was creative control.
Seth Graham-Smith, Michele MacLauren, Rick Famuyiwa, David Ayer. All names of directors in the DC Universe who either left due to “creative differences” or in the case of Ayer, stayed on only to witness his film carved up and rehashed by test audiences and studio interference. Zack Snyder was demoted a tad on Justice League and Ben Affleck promoted as a way to respond to Batman v Superman’s reviews (ironically brought about mostly by the studio’s interference—we got the 2.5 hour slap job instead of the masterpiece Snyder originally had in mind now called the Ultimate Edition). So Warner Bros., the studio with a history of letting directors do their thing, has been unafraid of late to say “no” to a director.
Which is why Matt Reeves must be given full creative control over The Batman (and probably has) in order to make the film as great as possible. Ben Affleck wanted less to shoulder when he stepped down from The Batman. If WB/DC wants Affleck to make a Batman trilogy then it all rests on The Batman’s success. There is no indication (as Affleck said) that he will leave the role prematurely—there are huge loose ends to tie up, such as the Knightmare sequences in Batman v Superman. There is so much to explore with this character. So in order to keep Reeves on and make the film great, the studio needs to do what they did before—hand it over and TRUST the director. Tim Burton in 1980s. Christopher Nolan in early 2000s. Matt Reeves 2010s.
Great Batman films come from a healthy director-actor relationship. Affleck has gone on to say the director is the “artist” who makes Batman look right on set and in post: Affleck and Terrio write the comics and the director draws them to life. Matt Reeves has a history with the Apes franchise of not only rescuing it last minute, but intuitively realizing which character to focus the films on. With that kind of eye for filmmaking and characterization, Reeves can easily get The Batman off the ground and possibly help top The Dark Knight as the most widely acclaimed Batman film of all time. All that needs to happen is Warner Bros. taking a step back. They have done their job to this point by signing Affleck, Reeves, Terrio, and the rest. They need to trust Matt Reeves to handle the film and give him carte blanche to do what he needs to do to make the very best Batman film that he can.
The fellas are back with episode 84 and it is a classic SoB style trailer breakdown for the Latest Wonder Woman trailer. Hang out with Justin, Kyle, and Tom and hear what the trio thought of the new trailer. Some really interesting points of view and opinions were thrown around on this episode. So get yourself to the trailer so you can follow along with the guys and lets break down this trailer Shanlian on Batman style!
The guys are back this week to talk some not-so-nice news about DC Films and the upcoming solo bat flick, The Batman. It’s no news at this point that Ben Affleck has stepped down as director of The Batman, but what does this mean for DC Films and upcoming Batman titles? Hang out with Justin, Kyle, and Tom and speculate the many possibilities that the future may hold for the DC film universe!
This is an older episode from last year that Tom accidently lost and the most unfortunate part of that is that it happened to be the Shanlian on Batman interview with Jon Callan. Jon is a writer for the new animated series Justice League Action. The guys go through Jon’s entire career from how he got started to writing on Justice League Action. Kick back and enjoy another classic interview, Shanlian on Batman style.
The end of the year is near! The fellas gather to exchange gifts and gab about 2016 and what it had to offer for us in the world of Batman. There is no description for this episode other than Everything. Justin Kyle, and Tom wrap up 2016 the right way, come talk about Batman with Shanlian on Batman. Happy New Year!!!
The Trinity is back and bringing you the latest DC news Shanlian On Batman Style! Making his second appearance on the show, Sean Gerber (Modern Myth Media/BatmanNews.com) is back after a year and he is talking with the boys about everything DC! Billy Dee Williams, Solo Batman, Lego Batman, Justice League, and Wonder Woman are just some of the topics on this shows agenda. Get ready and make some room in your brain for this info packed, Episode 77 of Shanlian Batman wsg Sean Gerber.
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The podcast trinity is back in action and bringing you yet another episode of Shanlian On Batman. Return of the Caped Crusaders is out and the guys definitely gave it a positive review. Hear what their thoughts are on this new animated take on the original show. Plus DC news, fan questions, and some inside jokes you may or may not understand. Holy Podcasts Batman! Episode 76, check it out!
The guys go down memory lane and watch their old after school special, Batman The Animated Series! Classic Shanlian On Batman style commentary on episodes 18, 21, & 22. These episodes were suggested to us by some fans on twitter, big thanks for the suggestions! Find a copy of BTAS, sync it up with SoB and lets talk about Batman! (quick note) at 44:37 into the podcast we have a technical issue towards the beginning of the second episode we watch, you will have to pause and sync back with us sorry.
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Batman Day 2016 went down and the guys stayed up late to talk about the Bat! This is just like an old school style episode where Justin, Kyle, and Tom just start talking and go from there. They go over all kinds of topics like Deathstroke, the picture of the new tactical Batsuit, the shot of Jim Gordon next to the Batsignal. and an always fan favorite, a super extended Fan Cast session with all kinds of crazy results! Happy Batman Day!